As part of an ingenious effort to give Michele Bachmann the appearance of a sensible human being, Republican primary voters in Minnesota's first congressional district have nominated Allen Quist to face off against incumbent Democrat Tim Walz.
A former state representative, Quist spent his legislative career crusading against sodomy — once comparing a university gay counseling clinic to the Ku Klux Klan — and generally saying things that made people wonder how he ever made it to campaign events on time, considering he was travelling all the way from 1490s Spain…
He called for mandatory AIDS testing as a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license. And more than a decade before it emerged as a national issue, he campaigned against the advent of same-sex marriage in the Minnesota, running ads in which a priest marries two men, "Mike" and "Steve," and pronounces them "man and man."
In one memorable interview, Quist told a Minnesota reporter he believed women were "genetically predisposed" to be subservient to men, pointing to, among other things, the behavior of wild animals.
The alliance with Bachmann arose when the two joined forces to fight Minnesota's state education standards. In order to counteract the "left-wing education agenda," Quist has developed an online curriculum consisting of modules called C-Mods, which are "designed to supplement and/or correct current textbooks."
And for shame, if your response to this is to ask if he's one of those education reformers who thinks the Loch Ness monster is real and The Flintstones was a nature documentary. Shame on you for even asking. Of course he's one of those people…
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